December 22, 2011

Christmas Recipe: Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Casserole

One of my favorite dishes that I usually only ever eat during Thanksgiving or Christmas, is a Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Casserole. It's the savory dish that thinks it's a dessert. When it's around, I don't really see anything else on the table... that's right, it's love. If  it's made to perfection, you won't be able to stop eating.

Once you delve in with your spoon, you move deeper through the layers of goodness; first the slightly burnt and crispy marshmallows that are melted in the middle, into the smooth sweet potato mash and if you're lucky you'll get the crunch of the toasted pecans with that bite. If you make this at home the aroma of the burnt sugar from the marshmallows, and the mix of cinnamon and orange will make you oh so happy, it's a seduction you won't be able to fight. Best thing about it, it's simple and easy to make; so unless your taste buds aren't alive, you won't be able to mess this one up.


5 sweet potatoes, sliced
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup Acacia honey or brown sugar, up to your taste buds
3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
1/3 cup of chopped toasted pecans
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (10.5 oz) pack of miniature marshmallows

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain.
  3. Place mashed sweet potatoes in large bowl, and use an electric mixer to blend with the applesauce, honey, orange juice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Spread evenly into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Scatter  
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until heated through, and marshmallows are puffed and golden brown.
  5. Savor every bite. 

If you haven't tried this already, you'll be thanking me when you do :) 

Bon appetit! xx

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